Lawyer Lucien Wong to take over as Attorney-General from January

Mr Lucien Wong, 63, will take over as Attorney-General from January 2017.
Mr Lucien Wong, 63, will take over as Attorney-General from January 2017. PHOTO: LUCIEN WONG

SINGAPORE - Veteran lawyer Lucien Wong, 63, will take over as Attorney-General (AG) from January 2017.

The current AG, Mr V.K. Rajah, 59, completes his three-year term then.

Mr Wong will be appointed Deputy Attorney-General from Dec 19, to help him transition into the top post at the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC).

Like Mr Rajah, Mr Wong would serve a three-year term as AG. He is currently chairman and senior partner of law firm Allen and Gledhill.

When he takes over as AG on Jan 14 next year, Solicitor-General Lionel Yee will be appointed Deputy Attorney-General, and share the No. 2 position at the AGC with Mr Tan Siong Thye.

The new appointments were announced by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in a statement on Friday (Nov 25).

In its statement, the PMO thanked Mr Rajah for his service and contributions as AG.

It said Mr Rajah had "broadened the prosecutorial philosophy of the AGC and oversaw significant criminal cases, including the largest ever market-rigging securities case and the largest scale money-laundering case in Singapore".

Mr Rajah had also helped enhance existing legal processes, reviewing issues relating to youth justice, and introducing initiatives to improve institutional efficiency, it said.

It also said under his leadership, the AGC provided legal support to help the Government craft and implement programmes, as well as successfully negotiate significant international agreements.

Mr Rajah also directed the legal work on Singapore's negotiations with Malaysia on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail and the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System, it said.